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post #3561 of 11741
There really aren't a ton of options compared to ATX etc so it's not the toughest decision. Asus ASUS P8Z77-I and Asrock Z77E-ITX are arguably the "big two". Zotac iirc and Gigabyte have 1155 offerings too plus EVGA had once announced but it still hadn't come out last I looked two months ago. But look at individual features and reviews too. That Gigabyte is best for an HTPC or kiosk computer, for example. Though this is for your dad and it is priced right. The Asus (and EVGA) are overpriced, imo.

And another nice thing about this case is that any PSU will fit so see what's on sale right now then peek at reviews such as at jonnyguru. And with no discrete GPU you can get by with like a 400W PSU if not less (do a PSU calc online). They do make lower-watt, small form factor ones too but, again, this case fits full-sized; one of it's appeals.
Edited by wrigleyvillain - 12/29/12 at 9:54am
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Originally Posted by gtx560 View Post

Hi, im looking at building a mini itx case for my dad and this case looks good so im just sorting out components for him. What i have in mind so far is this:
cpu- Intel Core i3-3225 - £100
cpu-cooler- Thermalright HR-02 - £40
case - Bitfenix Prodigy -£70
cooling - noiseblocker m12-s1 x3 - £45
Cable - Phobya Y-Cable 3Pin Molex to 3x 3Pin - £5
ssd- he already owns a crucial m4
graphics - use built in intel
ram - he will get my 1866 ram
psu- ????
motherboard- ????
Those are just rough estimates of prices from a quick google and Il find a decent power supply today. What i really need help with is a suitable motherboard. Is the list ok so far, can a mini itx board take that cpu cooler and whats a decent h77 or z77 board under about £80 ish?
Thanks for any help

NB fans are a good choice, very quiet compared to most of them out there. You won't need a Z77 board since you aren't overclocking. Any H77 board from a major manufacturer would work, although it may change your choice in cooler.

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Originally Posted by SonofJor-El View Post

Any Corsair AX model for the PSU. You wont need anything over 700-750 watts. 650-680 should be plenty though. GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard is good since he wont need to overclock at all. Its a solid board. Bitfenix fans are best for cooling and they are one of the quietest fans available today. As for the CPU cooler, the size should be ok. Most large CPU coolers will fit; there are a few that may not fit ok, but it looks ok to fit. Otherwise you should be in good shape! i hope this helps!

700-750 for an I-3 with onboard video? That is plain crazy! That set up could easily get by on a 150w pico PSU...for future expansion (adding a GPU,) Silverstone makes a nice modular 500w and 600w PSU...uber easy to sleeve and good performing PSUs and at 140mm, short enough to fit into the Prodigy with no modding or cramming of cables....they even make a short cable kit for the strider series...
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Does anyone know whether the black mesh + "silver" front panel replacement has an actual silver colored trim, or is it really just white? Looks white on photos--kind of important in my case. I'll go with black/red if it's silver.

Just waiting for these to come in stock on NCIX.
   
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post #3564 of 11741
lol man I never noticed the silver trim on stock front until just now. Blends in pretty well.
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post #3565 of 11741
650w is mega overkill for integrared graphics. a cx430 would do the job fine. im running a heavily overclocked 3570k and even more overlocked gtx690 on an ax750
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Originally Posted by welshmouse View Post

650w is mega overkill for integrared graphics. a cx430 would do the job fine. im running a heavily overclocked 3570k and even more overlocked gtx690 on an ax750

I was about to say if your doing that with a CX430 your dancing with the devil...
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this is a weird question, how big is the prodigy's box? if i get the prodigy instead of new build, i'll probably install everything at the states, and get the boxes shipped to me. im looking at the dimensions of prodigy now, to see if it fits in any of our luggage thingy, if not i probably would go with the other build; just bringing the main stuff.
 
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The box is under 3feet tall, just over 1 foot wide, and around 2 feet long. Good nuff?
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Thanks for the replies. Iv been looking for a modular psu over 300w to a maximum of 550w and under 150mm in length. I thought a 160mm would be slightly too large as with this case you are limited in psu length by a metal bracket, yes/no ?

Looking at mini itx motherboards is confusing and there prices make no sense. Looking at the GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI, SonofJor-El suggested its about £80 online and the GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI is £90. That's got to be worth £10 more ?
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this is a weird question, how big is the prodigy's box? if i get the prodigy instead of new build, i'll probably install everything at the states, and get the boxes shipped to me. im looking at the dimensions of prodigy now, to see if it fits in any of our luggage thingy, if not i probably would go with the other build; just bringing the main stuff.

to get a rough estimate of that, what i did was look at the case dimensions on newegg and add a few inches to everything. if you look at unboxing videos the gap between the case and the box isn't too big
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